Gretchen Malalad hits alleged cruelty to animals in posh village

Gretchen Malalad hits alleged cruelty to animals in posh village Athlete and broadcast journalist Gretchen Malalad came to the rescue of abandoned cats as she slammed an administrative order of Dasmarinas Village in Makati City not to feed them. Malalad, 2005 Southeast Asian karate gold medalist and broadcast journalist, has been criticizing the admin order of the posh village which she described as cruelty against animals. Her series of posts started on Oct. 3 after she was given a ticket by the village administration for feeding the abandoned cats. “This…

Cambodia confirms US-funded defence facility has been razed, SE Asia News & Top Stories

PHNOM PENH • Cambodia has razed a United States-funded defence facility on its southern coast, the deputy prime minister confirmed yesterday, the latest move in the ongoing controversial expansion of a strategically crucial naval base being developed with Chinese aid. The Wall Street Journal reported last year on a secret draft deal allowing China to dock warships at the Ream naval base near the kingdom’s coastal city of Sihanoukville. But Cambodia – awash in recent years with Chinese investments – has strenuously denied the report, although Premier Hun Sen has…

This Tacloban vice mayor is setting up a museum by bartering food with old items

Three-termer vice mayor Jerry Yaokasin, known in his city as Sambo, has been busy this pandemic, among other things, bartering basic goods with Taclobanons. They would go to his office and ask him to take a look at the items they came bearing—and they would leave with rice, milk, eggs, and other necessities. Some had items that were so precious they went home with cellular phones and bikes.  “During the early days of the global pandemic, most people were affected by the lockdown.  Many lost their jobs. With no more…

US human rights bill risks pushing Duterte closer to China

NEW YORK — A new bill introduced in the U.S. Congress aims to suspend American aid to Philippine security forces unless Manila commits to human rights reforms. The Philippine Human Rights Act, if passed, risks pushing the Philippines closer to China and potentially rupturing the alliance between the U.S. and its once colony. This relationship has so far stayed intact despite Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s courting of Beijing, his threats to suspend a key security pact with Washington, and his oversight of thousands of extrajudicial killings. Duterte’s deadly drug war…

Alex Eala advances to second round of French Open Juniors

Alex Eala advances to second round of French Open Juniors Alex Eala marches into the second round of the Roland Garros Juniors after a straight-set victory over a Hungarian foe. (MB File Photo) Alex Eala bucked a slow start before besting Natalia Szabanin of Hungary, 6-4, 6-1, in the opening round of the French Open Juniors Championships on Sunday (early Monday in Manila). The second-seeded Eala crawled back from a 4-1 deficit to take the first set before match was interrupted due to rain. Despite almost an hour of delay,…

China’s geopolitics are pumped up by its economic success

The writer, a professor of government at Harvard University, is author of ‘Destined For War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap’ When China’s top leaders met in August to review the year and assess the challenges ahead, they took satisfaction in their nation’s success compared to the floundering performance of the US and Europe in dealing with coronavirus. In President Xi Jinping’s bottom line: China had “fully demonstrated the clear superiority of Communist party leadership and our socialist system”. After the 2008 financial crisis, China emerged as a major…

Colleague points out Mikee Romero’s ‘mistake’

A congressman said Sunday that 1-PACMAN Party-List Rep. Mikee Romero’s unceremonious removal as House Deputy Speaker last week boiled down to one misstep–he openly picked a side. According to the House official–who declined to be identified–Romero shouldn’t have been too explicit in showing who between Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque lone district Rep. Lord Allan Velasco he was actually supporting. For one thing, Romero sits as president of the Party-List Coalition Foundation, Inc. (PCFI), one of the larger blocs in the 18th Congress. The PCFI, which has over 50…

South China Sea news: Tensions surge as fish stocks plummet in disputed waters | World | News

China has the largest fishing fleet in the world and claims up to 80 percent of the contested South China Sea. China has continued to increase its military presence in the rich waterways and has already established military outposts on the Paracel Islands and the Spratly Islands – two disputed archipelagos in the region. A report by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has found fishing stocks in the region have plummeted by 95 percent since the 1950s. In the past two decades the CSIS also estimate the number…

Swimsuit diva invades Boracay, poses topless

Swimsuit diva invades Boracay, poses topless Swimsuit diva Renalyn Macato who went viral after she posed at the Manila Bay White Sand Beach in a two-piece bikini has invaded Boracay Island in Aklan. This time the mother of three trended on social media once again after she posed topless among the plants on the island. She was accompanied by her two friends as they toured the island. “Thank you both for accompanying me again in Boracay. The three of us are legit Lakwatsero 💙💙💙. Two swab tests and rebooked tickets…

US-funded defence facility has been razed confirms Cambodia

Cambodia has razed a US-funded defence facility on its southern coast, the deputy prime minister confirmed Sunday, the latest move in the ongoing controversial expansion of a strategically crucial naval base being developed with Chinese aid. The Wall Street Journal reported last year on a secret draft deal allowing China to dock warships at the Ream naval base near the kingdom’s coastal city of Sihanoukville. But Cambodia — awash in recent years with Chinese investments — has strenuously denied the report, although strongman premier Hun Sen has said aid from…